The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0466 Sunday, 21 May 2006
Date: Friday, 19 May 2006 13:52:24 -0700
Subject: ESTC to Go Online Free in the Fall
[x-posted to SHAKSPER, Ficino, Book People]
According to a conference announcement forwarded to the SHARP-L list
the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) will be available free online
at the British Library website this fall. This resource should be
particularly useful for independent scholars and academics at
A union catalogue of some 400,000 books printed in English and other
languages 1475-1700, held by 1,500 libraries, ESTC has been available by
online subscription (from RLG--Research Libraries Group) and on very
expensive CD-ROM (from ProQuest).
The BL's ESTC page--which does not have this news yet--is at
http://www.bl.uk/collections/early/holdingenglish.html UC-MELVYL has a
good info page on how ESTC searches can be conducted:
The ESTC is more or less the catalogue/guide/project list for Early
English Books Online (EEBO). While there's no indication this will be
free anytime soon, we can always hope.
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